Monday, March 16, 2020

Homemaker's Journal: Monday, March 16, 2020

Joining Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday. 

Good morning! We've officially started our "social distancing" to minimize the effects of COVID-19, though my children have been referring to it as "house arrest". We're a homeschooling family, so staying home is nothing new, but having no interaction with anyone but our little family is going to be a challenge. Usually my parents visit at least a couple times a week but my mom works in a hospital and has no other choice but to keep going to work (a major downside of the medical profession), so I've had to ask them not to visit during this time to protect the 5-month-old from getting sick. I've heard that children bounce back pretty quick from the virus but I haven't seen any data on babies, so I'd rather not risk her getting sick so young. Better safe than sorry, but I still hate it. Moving on...


Monday: 62/45 Partly Cloudy
Tuesday: 65/51 Cloudy
Wednesday: 70/57 Partly Cloudy
Thursday: 81/64 PM Showers
Friday: 86/65 Partly Cloudy
Saturday: 70/41 Showers
Sunday: 54/42 Partly Cloudy

Tree pollen is reportedly high, which troubles me. Pine tree pollen is the only thing that causes my allergies to act up, but I'm hoping I can avoid having any problems this year.


The children are upstairs taking a break. I'm downstairs with time to myself. The baby is asleep in the swing. I'll need to prepare lunch soon. I have not yet cleaned the kitchen or started the laundry. With everything cancelled, I feel like I have extra time to get things done. I need to work on not becoming lazy during the next few weeks.


We are reviewing history and working on organizing our notebooks before we move on with new lessons. The sun is shining so I'd like to send the children out to play. I'd also like to go out and continue working on a project I started on Friday of transplanting our blueberry bushes. They're currently in raised bed garden boxes but I'm going to move them along the fence. The soil there is horrible (mostly clay), so I'm needing to build a trench to fill with good soil before replanting the blueberry bushes.


Juliette enjoying her new swing!


These unique challenges will pass in due time. I remain optimistic for the future. I know the great and marvelous blessings that God has in store for those who love Him and serve Him. I see evidence of His hand in this holy work in so many ways.

So, during these uncertain times, be comforted by this promise from the Savior. He said, “I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say.” I promise you that joy is always within the reach of everyone who will hear Him and obey His laws.”
-Russell M. Nelson


Monday: Baked Eggplant, Marinara w/ Angel Hair Pasta, Salad
Tuesday: Cabbage, Peas, and Potato Pie (St. Patrick's Day)
Thursday: Teppanyaki-Style Tofu and Vegetables with Brown Rice
Friday: Cheeseburger Pizza
Saturday: Minestrone w/ Bread sticks
Sunday: Falafel w/ Pita, Cucumber, Hummus



We're going nowhere. That's pretty much it. I'm hoping the children can spend a lot of time outside burning off energy so they won't get grumpy. We're homebodies anyway, but we've always had a couple of activities to attend every week. This week feels very strange and I know it will be difficult for all of us. Even our public library has shut down until March 31st (or later).



  1. Hi Jenny, I found your blog through the Simple Woman's Daybook. It reminds me of when I started blogging when my kids were little. I'm so glad I kept it up, because now I have a book of memories about those years. I selected some of the posts to make into a little book. I enjoyed stopping by here today!

    1. Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by! How sweet that you have all of those memories recorded. I have a family blog that I've used since before the kids were born, and I love looking back at the old posts.

  2. Oh no, I hope your allergies stay well away! I am curious to see what cheeseburger pizza is. Have a great week!

    1. Thank you! A cheeseburger pizza is simply a pizza crust with cheeseburger toppings on it--ground meat, cheese, pickles, a mayo-ketchup type sauce, and perhaps some lettuce put on after it is baked. Nothing fancy, but something different than a regular pizza. We've also done a taco pizza. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I like your St-Patrick's menu. It's a good thing your children are homeschooled and can continue their routine... of course extra-curricular activies are all cancelled like everywhere else. I found a bucket-list of things to do during the quarantine on google ... lots of fun things to do with kids.
    Have a great week and stay safe

    1. Thank you. Some of the lists look fun. We're working on getting a little more fun subjects done with all our extra time.

  4. Fortunate we are to homeschool in our state and when certain crisis hit, we can manage quite nicely. I do hate your mother can not visit for a spell though😞.

    1. I think it's going to be the same with many families. My mom is like a magnet to the baby; there is no way she'd be able to visit without loving on her. I just wish we knew more of how the virus affects babies, then maybe my family wouldn't have to be so isolated. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Sounds like your kids have a good sense of humor referring to it as "house arrest" LOL. Sorry that your mom isn't able to visit, that must be hard on all of you. Prayers she stays healthy and safe working in the hospital and that this passes soon so you can all enjoy being together as an extended family. Hope you have a great week with lots of fresh air and outside time!